Jack McMullen will take the lead role of Paul Varderman in The Knife That Killed Me, a gripping and tragically topical story of one boy’s spiral into knife-crime.
20 year old Jack (represented by David Daly Associates) from Merseyside, plays Finn Sharkey in Waterloo Road and also starred in the indie feature Seamonsters, premiering at film festivals this year. He was also on our screens at Christmas in the ITV drama Fast Freddie. He started acting as a child with regular roles in Brookside and Grange Hill.
The casting call for the lead role was posted on Screenterrier back in October 2011, as well an additional call for Yorkshire-based actors in January.
The script has been adapted from Anthony McGowan’s award winning novel by Kit Monkman and Marcus Romer, who will also direct, and is being produced by Thomas Mattinson and Alan Latham.
Paul Varderman is a lanky sixteen year old lad whose world is the coarse litter strewn grass of the playing fields of his run down city school somewhere in Nothern England. Paul and his Dad, a feckless has-been of a character, are like ships that pass in the night. Whilst both know something is amiss, both do nothing about it. The coldness and lack of love that surround Paul pose the question in our mind - is the grim battle ground of the playing field a warmer and more welcoming world than his home life? At sixteen for all these kids it's sink or swim and each one is a prisoner in this world where fear rules. There are friends, there are enemies, there are gangs you do belong to, gangs you don't, and as a late arrival at the school there is pressure on Paul to make a choice, and of course, there is the girl of his dreams...
The film will shoot in new studios on the outskirts of York, and production is due to commence in mid-February.